Apologies if this is a question that has been asked before; the listserv
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I am a consultant working with a state historical society that has been
producing its finding aids as Word documents and then, to gain some
additional access, converting them to HTML using Front Page and putting
them on an intranet. They have completed a substantial number of finding
aids this way. We are building a web site for them and would like to build
robust collections access that would word-search the finding aids; they do
not have a library OPAC to link through an 856 yet. We would like to
encourage them to adopt the EAD DTD instead of HTML, but I hesitate to have
them change mid-stream. They did have a staff member take the EAD workshop
a few years ago and have some software from that (Internet Archivist), but
have never used any of it. However, the current system is obviously of
limited usefulness.

I've looked pretty thoroughly at the annotated EAD sites and don't find any
reference to making these kinds of transitions.

Does anyone have some experience of making this change? I'm looking for
advice on workflow issues as well as any technical solutions that might be

Any answers much appreciated.

Jodi Allison-Bunnell
The Traveling Archivist
533 Blaine Street
Missoula, MT  59801
(406) 542-8281